TALLINN, November 15 (Itar-Tass) — The pilot of the Russian air carrier – Alexei Rudenko of Estonia – convicted in Tajikistan has no effective pilot license, an assistant to the director general of the Baltic state’s aviation department, Kersti Telve, told reporters on Tuesday.
“The department had issued such a document to Rudenko, but it was not extended within the established deadline, as no relevant application was filed,” she said.
On November 8, two pilots of the Russian air company – Alexei Rudenko of Estonia and Vladimir Sadovnichy of Russia – were sentenced to 8.5 years in a strict regime colony for violation of the international flight rules, illegal border crossing and contraband.
None of them admitted their guilt.
On November 11, the pilots’ lawyer filed a cassation appeal against the verdict.